Radio Radicale's "Transnational Space" radio program, hosted by Francesco de Leo, has dedicated a special report on the relationship between the EU and Albania, which will launch the official accession negotiations in June next year.
The program was hosted by the Albanian ambassador in Italy, Anila Bitri, the exponent of the radical party, Maurizio Turco, and the deputy director of Ansa, Stefano Polli. The latter intervened first:
"As far as Albania is concerned, last April there was the go-ahead from the European Commission, which considers the country worthy of the opening of negotiations, because the progress that Albania has made in these years must be recognized. This is above all progress in terms of public administration, from the point of view of the fight against organized crime and from the point of view of the reform of the judicial system. We must recognize that Albania has made great strides and is really striving to move forward and for this, as the European Commission said, these merits must be recognized. " - said Polli.
The word then passed to the exponent of the radical party, Maurizio Turco:
"I think that the entry of Albania in particular is necessary above all because they are already physically part of the EU. What would a no mean today in Albania? First and foremost it would pay the European Union. Because I think it would be a new sign compared to a Europe that is closing in on itself; We do not discover the problems of immigration today, indeed it was Albania that taught us that. In the end we managed to govern it and it was certainly not a less serious situation than what is happening today. " - said Turco.
Subsequently also the Albanian ambassador to Italy, Anila Bitri, expressed on the subject:
"We still have a lot to do. However, we hope that the green light for the EU will arrive soon. All this would allow us to face everything with a different perspective and to work at a higher level with the EU. We are a candidate country but the opening of the negotiations will not yet represent the moment when we will become EU members. For Albania the European Union is not just a dream or an aspiration, it is our living space; post-communist Albania's foreign policy has always been directed towards Brussels. Therefore, we want Europe to give us the green light so that we too can feel part of this great family. " - the words of Ambassador Anila Bitri.
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